Be careful of living in isolation

Judges Bible Background

04.06.2017 – Old Testament: Jdg 18.27–29

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 18–19 on April 6, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Living in isolation sounds idyllic and Garden of Eden-like, but having ties with others does bless us when we need it,

So they took the things Micah had made, and the priest who had belonged to him, and went to Laish, to a people quiet and secure; and they struck them with the edge of the sword and burned the city with fire. There was no deliverer, because it was far from Sidon, and they had no ties with anyone. It was in the valley that belongs to Beth Rehob. So they rebuilt the city and dwelt there. And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel. However, the name of the city formerly was Laish (Judges 18.27–29). 

Laish was going down anyway, because of their sin, yet, surely you can see that Dan took the city easily because they kept themselves separated from everyone. Proverbs 18.1 says, “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment” (Proverbs 18.1).

Questions:

  • Do you have friends?
  • Is it easy for others to become friends with you?

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